Take heed, Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph, and all Bachelor couples of the future. Take heed. Time passes. Life happens.
Love - and fame - fades. Reality sinks in. And hits hard.
That sounds cynical, we know. But it's also factual.
Although things have looked up lately, The Bachelor stars have not exactlty had the best track record when it comes to love lasting.
How bad is it? Simply by virtue of being together a year later, Lauren Bushnell and Ben Higgins ranked among the top success stories.
And they still broke up! That says it all right there.
Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi broke up after not even half that much time after a relationship many felt was doomed from day one.
As for the latest case study we saw play out this year?
Let's just say Colton and Cassie are up against major obstacles (if you saw the recent season, you get it), and the odds aren't great.
What about for Peter Weber, the man who will hand out the roses in 2020 following a windmill-filled ride on The Bachelorette?
His prospects aren't much better, although we're guessing there will be ample opportunities to hook up inside historical structures.
Take what you can get, and don't get upset. Check out the full Bachelor relationship rankings by length and see how they've fared:
Brad Womack, in the first of his two stints as The Bachelor, takes the cake by not choosing to propose to, or even continue his relationship with, either of the final two women, Jenni Croft or DeAnna Pappas (pictured). Wow.
Brad Womack (Take 2)
In his second stint as The Bachelor, Brad Womack was briefly engaged to Emily Maynard. That ended pretty quickly, as she was single again in a couple of months.
Dr. Travis Stork and Sara Stone were broken up so fast, they got to talk about it on the After the Final Rose special.
Jesse Palmer, former NFL quarterback and current sports TV analyst, did not propose to Jessica Bowlin. They continued to date but broke up just weeks later.
Aaron Buerge and Helene Eksterowicz also lasted a matter of weeks.
Bob Guiney did not propose to Estella Gardinier, but gave her a promise ring indicating that they would still date … for like a month it turned out.
Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph are still together following a turbulent courtship on the ABC series, and by virtue of that, well, they've beaten out a half-dozen Bachelor couples already. They've got a ways go to, but things are looking up for them just the same.
The first-ever Bachelor, Alex Michel did not propose to Amanda Marsh, but instead they entered into a relationship which ended after a few months. His runner-up Trista Rehn was featured on the first season of The Bachelorette, where she met, then married, Ryan Sutter.
Lorenzo Borghese did not propose to Jennifer Wilson, and it's a good thing too, because their short-lived relationship ended in January 2007, just a month or two after his season finale.
Andrew Firestone got engaged to Jen Schefft, but it lasted only a couple of months. She went on to star as The Bachelorette, where her breakup came even faster.
Chris Soules got engaged to The Bachelor winner, Whitney Bischoff, and many thought this one was pretty much a perfect fit. Oh how wrong we were again. Not even two months after the finale, they announced they were parting ways.
Jake Pavelka chose Vienna Girardi with his final rose on The Bachelor. By the time The Bachelorette aired a few months later, the two had broken up in epic fashion ... and this interview with Chris Harrison shows you why.
Tessa Horst and Andy Baldwin called off their engagement one month after the finale, but continued their relationship for a few more months before breaking up for good.
Matt Grant and Shayne Lamas never seemed like a great fit. They weren't, lasting only a couple of months outside The Bachelor mansion.
Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi lasted a solid few months after the finale was taped, which exceeded the expectations of most observers by a few months. Yes, you read that correctly. That's what we call setting a low bar.
Juan Pablo Galavis
Nikki Ferrell somehow stuck it out with Juan Pablo Galavis for over six months, despite him not proposing or telling her he loved her or showing any redeeming qualities whatsoever quite frankly.
Charlie O'Connell chose Sarah Brice, but did not propose. They began dating, but broke up in September 2007 ... then got back together in 2008 before splitting for good in 2010. So this was moderately successful by the show's low standards.
Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson originally broke up in February 2012 while their season was airing. However, they were later reconciled and got engaged for the second time, but broke up again in October 2012 for good.
Byron Velvick and Mary Delgado were together for five years, but never married ... and were involved in some domestic altercations that somewhat marred what could have been a fairy tale success story.
Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell are going all the way ... or so we thought for about a year. We had a feeling that these crazy kids really were going to make it, but alas, May 2017 came around and they split. Still, good effort by these (low) standards.
Arie Luyendyk Jr.
Well, give Arie Luyendyk Jr. this much: He's no Brad Womack, despite many critics comparing the two leads. Arie dumped Becca Kufrin in a matter of weeks, then turned around and got engaged to someone else from the show before the After the Final Rose special ended, and that romance (with Lauren Burnham, pictured) is going strong one year later ... and then some. The two got married and had a baby! That sound you hear is THG eating its words.
Sean Lowe, who wooed Emily Maynard on The Bachelorette and was heartbroken to be let go, went on to marry Catherine Giudici a year after meeting her on The Bachelor. Hardly any controversy has followed him, or them, ever since. Just a good old-fashioned love story. The two just celebrated their three-year anniversary!
Technically, Jason Mesnick and his final rose recipient, Melissa Rycroft, broke off their engagement almost immediately, but because he got back with runner-up Molly Malaney in his now-infamous After the Final Rose switch-up, and has been with her ever since, we're giving him the benefit of the doubt. Jason and Molly have been happily married for years and have a daughter together, forming a wonderful blended family with his son from his previous marriage. They are very special.